Definition of Innovation:

An idea or product new to the NHS or applied in a way that is new to the NHS, which significantly improves the quality of health and care wherever it is applied.

Innovation, Health and Wealth. Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion in the NHS.(2011)

We know the NHS continues to face tough times in light of the on-going difficult financial climate.  Innovation has a vital role to play by improving the quality of patient care and releasing savings through productivity. Innovation is important to the NHS, for three reasons;

  1. Innovation transforms patient outcomes.
  2. Innovation can simultaneously improve quality and productivity.
  3. Innovation is good for economic growth.

We want our staff to be creative and feel encouraged and supported to do this, either with the development of a product, a process or the identification of an unmet need in your service.  These ideas may have been developed because of a piece of research you are involved with or prompted because of your role within the NHS; you may have seen a way in which services could be improved for our patients. Whatever the reason; by seeking support from within the organisation you can get the help you need to move it forward, which ultimately helps to make the whole process easier.  Remember, Innovation is often an incremental improvement to a product or service, and not necessarily a brand new way of doing things. Contact your Innovation Scouts at      

For staff who are keen to learn a little more about innovation in the NHS we aim to hold some short informal sessions. if you are interested in attending a session or have some thoughts on what you would like us to cover, please contact us at